In­quest into man’s death abroad

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - By Fiona Dry­den

A MOUNTSOR­REL man died after div­ing into shal­low wa­ter on a fish­ing trip in France, break­ing his neck, an in­quest heard.

An­drew Capell, 41, of Glen­frith Gar­dens, Mountsor­rel, was with two friends on the trip, to Li­mo­ges, when the tragedy oc­curred, on May 26 last year.

The in­quest at Lough­bor­ough heard he “sus­tained a fa­tal in­jury while div­ing into the wa­ter”.

The trio had been stay­ing in a house at the side of a lake. Among them was Scott Har­rod. A state­ment read by the court on be­half of Mr Har­rod said he was in the house and heard Mr Capell state that “he was go­ing in”.

He took that to mean Mr Capell was go­ing to go into the wa­ter, as he had pre­vi­ously done.

When Mr Har­rod stepped out­side, how­ever, he saw his friend floating face down in the wa­ter.

Be­liev­ing his friend was “mess­ing about” at first, he said it soon be­came ap­par­ent he was not, and he ran into the wa­ter to­wards Mr Capell.

In his state­ment, Mr Har­rod said the wa­ter was very shal­low, but he could not see how deep it was be­cause it was muddy.

When he reached Mr Capell the wa­ter was still only up to his knees.

Mr Har­rod ad­min­is­tered CPR and the emer­gency ser­vices were called.

The in­quest, in Lough­bor­ough, heard that Mr Capell did start breath­ing again and was taken by air am­bu­lance to hospi­tal, where he was placed on life sup­port.

His fam­ily were told of the ac­ci­dent and flew to France to be by his side.

Mr Capell’s life sup­port was turned off and he died on May 27.

Carolyn Hull, coro­ner for Rut­land and North West Le­ices­ter­shire, recorded the cause of death as a neck in­jury as a re­sult of an ac­ci­dent.

She passed on her con­do­lences to Mr Capell’s next of kin.

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